Hastings College is the best place for you to get started in a health professions career — whether you’re interested in becoming a medical doctor, pharmacist, dentist, physician assistant, nurse, physical therapist or any number of health-related professions.

We provide personalized advising, academic support where you need it and offer professional development strategies from our faculty and active alumni network.

There are multiple pathways into medical fields — and Hastings College is the place to get the prerequisites and experience you need to apply to and be accepted into one of your programs of choice.

Pre-health tracks

Some of the pre-health tracks Hastings College students have focused on — or been accepted to graduate school in — are included below.

  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Cytotechnology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiography
  • Speech pathology
  • Veterinary medicine

Most common majors at Hastings

While a number of majors can ultimately lead you to a career in a health profession, these are the most common at Hastings College.

Create your own future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Acceptance to graduate schools

You’ll find successful Hastings College alumni at these and other graduate schools.

  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown
  • University
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Michigan
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Creighton University
    Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Nebraska Methodist College
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Your experience matters

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Maximize scholarships — Yes, you’ll get an academic scholarship. But you’ll also get a “plus one” scholarship from the group, team or area you’re part of. It’s a great way to help pay for school — but also to find your people.

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We’ve thought a lot about the ways students learn and built a four-year plan to help you navigate it all. From finding your place and in Year 1, to showing the world you’re ready for what’s next four years later.

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Your transition from college to a career begins your first semester. Every class, internship, research study and activity adds up. We love to celebrate all the ways you shine — your experience matters!

Find scholarships for pre-health majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Then there’s “plus one”  scholarships for everything from the arts to athletics, even media, esports and speech!

It all adds up to making Hastings an great choice for you and your family.

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